Along the playoff path

April 9, 2022

Three games were played in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and another in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League as playoffs in both loops progressed on Friday.

Cameron Dutkiewicz

• More than 950 fans made their way into venerable McIntyre Arena to watch the hometown Timmins Rock take a two games to none lead in its best-of-seven, NOJHL East Division semi-final with a 2-0 blanking of the French River Rapids. Defensemen Cameron Dutkiewicz and Carson Cox scored for Timmins and Gavin McCarthy was Rock solid with a 30-save shutout.

• Powassan Voodoos evened their East Division set with Hearst at 1-1 by virtue of a 4-3 win over the Lumberjacks. Ben White’s third period goal was the game winner for Powassan, which got 46 saves from Alex Bugeja.

• Gabe Rosek made 43 saves and Alex Freund connected for the winning goal at 1:59 of overtime as the Soo Eagles took a 1-0 lead in their NOJHL West Division semi with the Sudbury Cubs with 4-3 triumph. A crowd of 726 fans took in the match at Pillar Stadium in the Michigan Soo as the visiting Cubs out-shot the Eagles by a 47-27 margin.

Trenton Morriseau

• Over to the SIJHL, hustling forward Trenton Morriseau scored at 14:49 of overtime to lift the Kam River Fighting Walleye to a frantic 2-1 finish over the cross-town Thunder Bay North Stars. Austin Madge made 59 saves for Kam River, which took a 2-0 semi-final series lead in front of a partisan crowd of 826 at fan-friendly Norwest Arena. Jordan Smith was spectacular in defeat for Thunder Bay with 52 saves.

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